Covid 19: New Regulations in San Diego County

Face masks for essential workers and other new regulations.

April 3, 2020

"The days of voluntary compliance are over" - said Sheriff Bill Gore at a briefing on Thursday, April 2.

As of Thursday, there were 966 confirmed cases of Coronavirus and 16 deaths.

In order to "change the trajectory of the virus in San Diego County, authorities will now be cracking down and new face-covering ordinances are in order.

Ordinances include:

  • Employees of essential businesses must start wearing face coverings as of Saturday April 4th. This goes into effect midnight Friday night. Essential businesses include, but are not limited to grocery stores, pharmacies, convenience stores and gas stations.
  • Essential businesses also must have hygiene practices and social distancing plans in place. Those plans must be posted at the entrance to the business.
  • Essential employees who do not cover their nose and mouth should be reported. Reporting can be done at 211sandiego.org.
  • Park and recreation facilities will have their parks closed if they are within the county's jurisdiction. Public parks must have a physical distancing plan and signs posted outlining the plan. Those who use the public space will be limited to "passive activities."
  • The general public will not be required to wear masks, but will be urged to do so.
  • Those found in violation of the order can face a $1,000 fine or 6 months in jail.

More information can be found here.